Mary Henderson from Richmond, Kentucky in the US
decided to hand make an intricate and wonderful quilt to remember
the NY firefighters who gave their life trying to save others
on the 11th September 2001.
" I knew that I had to deliver this quilt before the
3rd Anniversary of 9/11 as the quilt did not belong to me.
I cross stitched all 343 names with their ladder companies.
It helped with my disability due to a brain aneurysm and it
was delivered to the firefighters for comfort this year.
Fire Chief Robert Murphy unfolds the quilt. The lady
on the left is me, and the other lady on the right is
my friend Shirl Cross, who helped me to do the batting,
binding and backing of the quilt.
It took 1 year and 2 months to do the front. The back material
is the American flag with the postage stamp ( bearing the
picture of the firefighters holding up the American Flag after
the fall of the WTC) weaved into the material. I hand delivered
it to the "Ten House" located at 124 Liberty, in
NYC which stood directly across the street from where the
South Tower Stood. I back stitched the "Footprints poem"
in cross form and put helmets on the arms of the cross and
a pair of boots on the sides of each cross.
The material used on the back of the quilt with the
American Flag and the postage stamp bearing the picture
of the firefighters holding up the American Flag after
the fall of the twin towers.
After giving them the quilt they showed me the new stuff
on their fire truck which was damaged and a company (whose
employees contributed to the repair) had the American flag
put on both sides of the truck and graphed the postage stamp
on it for both sides. I didn't know about that when I picked
this material. The back material of my quilt matched the sides
of their fire truck. It was as if this
quilt belonged at this fire station.
front row from left: Scott Gaboff, Mary Henderson,
Covering Captain Maloney (not from ten house), Luis
Briceno, Kevin Barnabee, Joe Kulikowski. Top row from
left: Casey Clemente, Tom Margarita
I believe the Lord wanted me to make this quilt and the
confirmation was the match of fire truck and the back of the
quilt, and also seeing the awe in the fire firefighters eyes
when they saw the quilt for the first time.
A wife of one of the firefighters emailed me to say that
they have hung the quilt up in their quarters."
Lizzie - June '08
Nice to see someone who contributed to all these people I
know they will never forget what you did for them the quilt
R.I.P to all those who lost their lives to save others in
America God Bless you all America
Marilyn Mairs - Feb '06
Just visited another Loose Threads exhibition in
Ballymoney Town Hall. Well worth a visit. Wonderful venue
too. Thanks to all who contributed.
Susan Ellis - Feb '06
Many thanks for making this site available, having recently
started a 12 week applique course, your quilts have given
me lots of ideas.
I especially liked "Shades of Burren".
Jackie Timms - Dec '05
Very interesting article and beautiful quilts. I have just
been to the exhibition in Coleraine Town Hall and am interested
in finding out more about the Loose threads group. I have
been quilting for about ten years and am thoroughly addicted.
Pam Odom - July '05
I know all the firefighters will never forget there fellow
men & women, that lost their lives trying to save others.
The quilt is just beautiful. Very nice work.